Where Alabama football’s Mac Jones, others could land in NFL Draft after blockbuster trades

James Fletcher
The Tuscaloosa News

With the NFL Draft one month away and Alabama’s second Pro Day scheduled to begin, excitement is in the air.

Last week’s blockbuster trades that saw the 49ers make a move for the Dolphins’ No. 3 pick and the Eagles trade back to 12 with the Dolphins, have led leading to speculation to speculation on the stock of Mac Jones and others.

Here is a look at where mock drafts have Alabama’s top prospects:

Mac Jones, quarterback

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones warms up before an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against Ohio State Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

USA Today: No. 8 to the Carolina Panthers

CBS: No. 3 to the San Francisco 49ers

NFL.com: No. 11 to the Chicago Bears (projected trade)

Jones has been a central figure in the trade discussions of the past week. Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms and others have begun to speculate that the 49ers' big move up to third could be an attempt to secure the Alabama quarterback.

DeVonta Smith, wide receiver

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) makes a catch behind the Ohio State defense in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today: No. 15 to the New England Patriots

CBS: No. 13 to the Los Angeles Chargers

NFL.com: No. 13 to the Los Angeles Chargers

Smith is a Heisman trophy winner, yet he is at best the second wide receiver taken in many mock drafts. His small frame and slim build have led people to doubt him throughout his career, but his production is undeniable.

Jaylen Waddle, wide receiver

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) tries to break a tackle by an Arkansas defender as he nears the goal line in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

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USA Today: No. 12 to the Philadelphia Eagles

CBS: No. 6 to the Miami Dolphins

NFL.com: No. 15 to the New England Patriots

Waddle is one of the most athletic wide receivers in the country and has a wide range of potential suitors in the draft. Many mock drafts disagree on his relative value against his teammate Smith.

Patrick Surtain II, cornerback

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Patrick Surtain II (2) in action during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at AT&T Stadium. Surtain attended American Heritage School and is from Plantation, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today: No. 10 to the Dallas Cowboys

CBS: No. 10 to the Dallas Cowboys

NFL.com: No. 10 to the Dallas Cowboys

There seems to be a consensus among most mock drafters that the Dallas Cowboys have a need and Surtain is the best available option in that spot.

Surtain’s father played 11 NFL seasons at cornerback as a part of the Dolphins and the Chiefs.

Najee Harris, running back

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22) runs the ball against Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Shaun Wade (24) during the first quarter in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

USA Today: No. 24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers

CBS: No. 34 (second round) to the New York Jets

NFL.com: No. 24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers

Harris chose to return to school last season in hopes of raising his draft stock. With two sites projecting him to land in the first round, it appears he accomplished his goal.

Other Crimson Tide players

Alabama players wear History Made t-shirts as they celebrate after defeating Ohio State for the National Championship Jan. 11, 2021. Mac Jones wears one of the t-shirts as he celebrates with teammates Alex Leatherwood, Landon Dickerson and Christian Barmore. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Defensive tackle Christian Barmore goes No. 31 to the Kansas City Chiefs in CBS’s mock draft.

Versatile offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood goes No. 31 to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a projected trade in NFL.com’s mock draft.